I caught a little slack from my buddies recently because…well, I’m cheap. According to them, any good American would hire “the man” to complete work for them. It drives the economy, helps small business, and contributes to society. Well, I didn’t listen. I did it myself and in the end, I did wish I hired someone. Plumbing isn’t the easiest task. So, if you’re planning to renovate your bathroom? Try the following tips.
Bathroom remodel services have been increasing in popularity, but if you want to give your bathroom a makeover, it won’t hurt to try and do it yourself. While there is no shortage of DIY guidelines online, there are several things you need to mull over before starting.
How Much Can You Afford?
The remodeling plan must always start with your budget. Knowing how much you can afford is going to determine what types of materials you can buy and the extent of your renovation. To put it simply, setting aside a budget before anything else is going to make it easier for you to decide what parts to renovate and what not to tamper with.
Going green is not just good for the environment but good for you too. A lot of bathroom products sport attractive designs, lowers your power consumption and they[re also chemical free, which is always a good thing. The good thing about going green is you don’t always have to buy something new, as it can be as simple as painting the cabinet instead of throwing it in the dump.
Refinishing Saves Money
Consider refinishing your bathroom tiles, sink, shower or tub rather than buy replacements. Refinishing is cheaper (up to 90% more affordable than replacements), and when it’s done right your bathroom will look as good as new. More importantly, refinishing doesn’t take too much time so you don’t have to wait long before you can use it.
Don’t Mess with Working Components
Unless there’s something wrong with the plumbing, don’t mess with it or other components if they’re working properly. Replacing the toilet and sink might seem easy, but the process is quite complex and unless you know what you’re doing, this could get very expensive and more trouble than its worth. Generally speaking, you’re better off spending money on shower systems and other aesthetic pieces than moving fixtures.
Know Your Skill Level
This one is self-explanatory; how good are you when it comes to DIY? You need to be honest here so you don’t end up with a big mess later. Before you start, make a list of the renovations you can do yourself and those that are better left to the professional. There’s nothing wrong with admitting the limits of your skillset, and it will save you money and time later on.
Don’t forget Lighting
If your goal is to install even lighting, install sconce lights, as this will illuminate your face uniformly and remove shadows. If you’d rather opt for a more relaxed atmosphere, dim lighting will do, while bright lights are essential if you often use your bathroom for applying makeup or shaving.
Moisture is the biggest enemy of any bathroom, and unless this issue is addressed it will lead to mildew and mold, and together these two will ruin whatever renovation you have done. To prevent this from happening, you should install a ventilation fan with the right amount of CFMs for your bathroom’s square footage. The general rule when it comes to CFMs is one CFM per square ft. for bathrooms that measure 100 sq. ft. or less. Today’s fans are also more sophisticated so there’s no need to worry about the noise.
Splurge on at Least One Item
The reason you’re renovating your bathroom is to make it look better, so it’s all right to set aside part of the budget to splurge on a bathroom item or two. All you need to do is choose the part of the bathroom you like the most and spruce it up. It can be a heated towel rack, a vanity top, a shower fixture, etc. Spending some money on it is not going to hurt and could pay off in the future.
Use Accent Tiles
Glass and mosaic tiles are costly, but there’s no need to splurge since accent tiles will be more than enough to give your bathroom a different look. Special tiles are handy for breaking up the monotony and adding a dash of style.
Last but not the least, if your in my area, don’t hesitate to call a Lafayette bathroom remodel expert (or someone in your own town) if you don’t feel up to it or made a mistake. If you find this article useful, feel free to share this with other DIY enthusiasts like yourself! See, I’m sharing! How’s that for patriotism!